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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do plumbers charge per hour?

Depending on the service you need (unclogging a drain, fixing a pipe, installing new pipes, etc.), plumbers charge anywhere from $45-$165 per hour. Plumbers often operate on a fixed rate model, too. Some won’t charge hourly rates because the variables involved in their work makes it less practical to do so. 

Plumbers will scope out the work, calculate the cost of parts, and roll it together with other fees to give you an estimate for the job. They may even offer standard flat rates for things like installing a toilet or a sink. Reach out to plumbers near you to get an accurate cost estimate for your project or repair.

Does a plumber need to enter my home?

A plumber will need to enter your home to fix plumbing issues like dripping faucets, clogged sinks or toilets and leaky pipes. They might not need to come into your home if the faulty appliance is located outdoors or in the garage. Before you begin the project, contact plumbers near you to find out they will need to enter your home.  

What do you do if you have a burst pipe?

First, switch off the water supply to reduce the water damage. You should also turn off the electricity for the part of your home that has sustained the leak, as it can be extremely dangerous if the water comes into contact with an electrical socket. Next, drain the remaining water from your faucets so it doesn’t freeze inside the pipes. 

Once you’ve done all of this, search for qualified plumbers in your area and ask them to provide you with a quote. 

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a plumber during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If possible, it’s best to set up a virtual consultation or phone call with a plumber near during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can send a message to a professional plumber near you and ask if they are available to video chat or have a phone call. Use that time to discuss the work that needs to be done. Make sure to ask any questions you have about the project. And lastly, ask the plumber how they handle payments and whether they have any specific safety precautions in place to comply with social distancing. 

What are the signs of a burst pipe?

If your water pressure has suddenly dropped or your sink and toilet have unexpectedly started clogging, you may have a burst pipe. Other tell-tale signs include watermarks on the wall of your bathroom or laundry room, drips or puddles in your home or basement, or water from your faucets that have suddenly turned brown. You may also notice a strange rotten-egg smell or the sound of gurgling water in your home.

If you notice any of these signs, contact a plumber near you to fix your pipes immediately.

How much does it cost to repair a broken pipe?

The national average cost to repair broken pipes ranges from $120 to $170. Prices can vary depending on the type of damage, whether the pipe is easily accessible, the materials needed and where the pipe is located. For example, an exposed pipe under the sink will likely cost much less than a pipeline in your yard that requires digging. 

Your overall cost will also depend on the hourly rate of the contractor. Most plumbers charge between $60 and $65 per hour for standard pipe repair, and up to $95 per hour for complex plumbing work. 

Contact the best pipe repairers in your area to find out how much it will cost to fix your pipe(s). 

To learn more about pricing factors, read “How much does pipe repair cost?

What happens when a water pipe bursts?

When a pipe bursts, the water can cause indoor flooding and damage your home. If the pipe is in an accessible location, you will likely notice puddles of water right away. However, if the pipe is underground or behind a wall, it may cause reduced water pressure, a sulfur smell or discolored water. All of this can cause significant (and expensive) damage, which is why you should always contact a plumber near you if you suspect your pipes are leaking.

Does insurance cover a broken pipe?

Sudden water damage may be included under most homeowners’ insurance policies, but it’s typically not covered if the damage could have been avoided with proper maintenance.

For example, if a pipe in your laundry room suddenly bursts and causes damage to the flooring and walls, that is usually covered by insurance. But if a pipe under your sink has been leaking for months and causes your wood floors to rot, your policy won’t cover that damage.

Always double-check with your insurance agent (or another expert)  to see what your policy covers.

How long is a water heater supposed to last?

Your water heater is an essential part of your home, heating water for showers, dishwashing, laundry and more. On average, a traditional water heater will last 8-12 years. The general consensus is that it’s better to replace your water heater with a new one than to repair one that’s 10 years old or more. Older models are less energy-efficient and thus more costly to run than newer models with better technology. Here are some indicators of when it may be time to replace an old water heater instead of repairing it:

  • Leaks: If leaking is not caused by loose connections, the water may be seeping out through slight fractures in the metal of the tank that have formed over time.
  • Strange noises: Clanking, rumbling and other noises can mean that sediment has formed on the base of your tank, contributing to fissures leaks, and inefficiency.
  • Age: If it’s more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to replace.
  • Discolored or rusty water: Have a pro check it out; if the problem isn’t resolved by draining and cleaning, you’ll want to replace the heater.
  • Lack of hot water: Inconsistent heating and hot water supply that runs out too quickly likely means it’s time for a new unit.

Can a leaking pipe burst?

Yes. A leak in your pipe can build up pressure and wear through the material. Left unchecked, this pressure can cause the pipe to burst. This is why it’s so important to fix your pipes and contact a plumber as soon as you notice a leak — no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. 

Smaller leaks are easier and inexpensive to fix, saving you time and money in the long run. In addition, many insurance policies will not cover water damage for pipes that burst due to gradual leaks.

Reviews for Oak Park plumbers
Erica W.
We had a great experience with Cid-City plumbing he was on time, fixed our problem quickly and I felt the price was fair. I would definitely call them again if we had another plumbing issue.
Cid-Specialty Plumbing & contractingCid-Specialty Plumbing & contracting
Heidie M.
We are very satisfied with our new water heater. Old one was from 1994. Mr. Daniels did a great job. Emergency Plumbing had the best quote. Friendly, professional, top notch service. Thank you, we recommend to all for your plumbing needs. 😊
Thumbtack Customer
Clogged sink in the bathroom. He was thorough, cleanly, timely and actually solved the plumbing issue by replacing the piping under the sink. I highly recommend his services.
Red's Plumbing  Drain and Sewer (camera services)Red's Plumbing Drain and Sewer (camera services)
Thumbtack Customer
Derek was professional. He cleaned up after he was done with the job. His rates were very reasonable. I will hire him again if I need a plumbing repair.
Wiz Plumbing Inc.Wiz Plumbing Inc.
Philip H.
Chris was very responsive and took care of my plumbing issue the same day that I contacted him. I would be happy to refer him to my friends and I plan on using him again.
Speed Plumbing SolutionsSpeed Plumbing Solutions
Jennifer H.
Hired for plumbing work needed at our new house. Amongst other things, we had a broken tub/shower diverter. He went the extra mile to make sure we got a good quality replacement part. Very satisfied. Would hire again.
J&B ConstructionJ&B Construction
Sydney N.
Greg was phenomenal. It is very hard to find people that can do good work these days at a reasonable price and CID was perfect for the job. He was professional, gave me insight into what the problem was, and finalized the service with a written report I can present to my association. Definitely consider him for your next plumbing job.
Cid-Specialty Plumbing & contractingCid-Specialty Plumbing & contracting
Deepa G.
Jack was late coming from another job. Due to a complication with my plumbing, he couldn't install the toilet lift. He was professional about explaining the issue and put everything back the way it was. He did make a comment about coming this far for nothing, which I did not take well. I paid him for taking the time to come out.
Mary F.
I am very pleased with the installation of my hot water heater by Star Plumbing Services. I was able to get an appointment for the very next day and Vilhelm arrived early. The cost was reasonable and he even routed out a clogged drain that he found. He worked efficiently and carefully. Vilhelm also recommended getting a smaller heater that matched my needs and was less expensive.
Star plumbing servicesStar plumbing services
Hannah s.
I needed the wax ring on my toilet replaced, another company quoted me $300 for this simple repair. 2nd Chance plumbing, gave me an estimate for less than 1/2, showed up the next day (at the promised time), and did the job. No surprise charges (even though they did the work on a Saturday morning), no upselling, no bullshit- just what I needed.
2nd Chance Plumbing2nd Chance Plumbing
Jancy L.
Had a moderate plumbing re-piping project. Damian was very prompt and gave the estimate the due diligence as we have an old house with some shotty work that was done in the past. He quoted me a very reasonable price and talked me through what to expect and possible outcomes once he opened up the drywall. He never made me feel unaware and was very communicative throughout the project. He noted and fixed a washer line that wasn't part of the project because he noticed it was should be replaced. He mentioned to me some other things he noticed when he opened up the walls that should be addressed (electrical) as a courtesy. Once he was done (not an easy job of moving washer dryer out of the way and busting through some plaster wall), he walked me through what he did, showed me all the piping, demo'ed how it's now working, he ran the water for a long time and washer to show it's now draining properly. Overall, Damian was a lifesaver, did a thorough job with great demeanor and attitude.
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